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Ms Annabelle Damerum BSc, MRes

Postgraduate Research Student in Plant Sciences

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Ms Annabelle Damerum is Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Academic Qualifications

2009–2012: BSc Applied biology (1st Class Hons). School of Biological Sciences, Newcastle University, UK.
2012–2013: MRes in Molecular Plant Biology and Biotechnology (Distinction). Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College, London, UK.





Research interests

My main research interests are in the field of crop improvement. My undergraduate research project involved working to determine the viability of transgenic maize, which had been genetically engineered to contain enhanced levels of vitamins A, B and C, in the natural environment. During my Master of Research degree I attempted to determine the mode of action of a fungal pathogen which causes devastating economic losses of barley crops.

I am currently working to understand the biochemical and biophysical basis of shelf life in lettuce. I hope to provide underpinning tools for molecular breeding, which can be utilised commercially.

Supervisor: Professor Gail Taylor and Dr Mark Chapman
PhD research: Improving the quality of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) using a molecular breeding approach
Funding:Vitacress Salads, Sainsbury’s supermarket and Shamrock Seeds

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Affiliate research group

Gail Taylor Laboratory

Research project(s)

Improving the quality of lettuce (Lactuca sativa) using a molecular breeding approach

Developing nutritionally enhanced lettuce with improved shelf life.

Vitacress Research Unit: Improving the quality and healthy-giving benefits of baby salad leaves

Supporting the sustainable production of high quality baby leaf salad and herb species. We are one of Europe's leading suppliers of fresh produce, specialising in watercress, salads and fresh herbs.

2014-present: Postgraduate Representative for Biological Sciences
2015-2016: President of the Biological Sciences Postgraduate Society (BSPS)
2014-2015: Secretary of the Biological Sciences Postgraduate Society (BSPS)
2014: Postgraduate Ambassador for University Open days

BIOL1004 Patterns of Life
BIOL2001 Evolution
BIOL2007 Plant Development and Function
BIOL2008 Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science
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